Diploma in Montessori and Nursery Teacher Education (3-8)

MNTTA Diploma in Montessori and Nursery Teacher Education (DMNTE) course is carefully structured and integrated with class room teaching, case discussions, hands-on industry experience with internship/observations and project work. It grooms its graduates to become capable of teaching in Montessori and Nursery modern schools effectively and independently.

This course is designed for students of education, curriculum and child development, as well as traditional educators, early childhood educators, parents, caregivers and school administrators.

What you will learn?
  • Understand the theoretical bases and principles of Early Childhood and Care Education, based on child development
  • Understanding the child ’s environment
  • How child observes and learns from his environment
  • How to develop concentration in child
  • How to develop sense of order
  • How to gain independence
  • How to develop respect for community
  • How to improve fine motor skills
  • How children learn to read, write and speak
  • How children learn to count
  • Language development in child
Course Curriculum

The students have twelve modules encompassing all teaching fields imparting all the basic skills and knowledge desired from any school administrator in the contemporary world. These include :

1. Montessori Principles and Philosophies

The primary goal of a Montessori programme is to help each child reach their full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation for future intellectual academic endeavors. The holistic curriculum, under the direction of a specifically prepared teacher(i.e. Montessori trained adult), allows the child to experience the joy of learning, the time to enjoy the process and ensures the development of self esteem. It provides the experiences from which children create their knowledge.

2. Exercises of Practical Life

The Practical Life Exercises enhance the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy, and refinement of physical movement and coordination.

3. Sensorial

The Sensorial Materials enable the child to order, classify, sequence and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, weight, temperature, mass, colour, sound and shape.

4. Mathematics

The Montessori Math Materials are concrete manipulative materials, allowing the child to internalize the concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations and memorization of basic facts.

5. Language

The Language Materials introduce the child to each written letter by its sound and encourage muscular memory through the touching of Sand Paper Letters. Various presentations allow children to effortlessly link sounds and their written symbols and ultimately to write; Dr. Montessori recognized that writing as a coding skill comes before reading, a decoding skill. Basic skills in writing are developed through the use of the sandpaper letters, chalk boards, sand trays and metal insets.

6. Cultural Studies

The word culture in the Montessori curriculum refers to Science, Geography, History, Botany, Zoology, Art and Music. When the children during their Absorbent years are helped to learn the activities in the cultural area, they form a good foundation for the Cosmic Education. The children as young as 3 1/2 years of age, are eager to know about plant life and animal life. While the children work with activity in the plants and animal curriculum, they learn about the existence of animals and the flora and fauna of different continents.

7. Early Childhood care and education : An Overview

The module deals with the meaning scope, significance and principles of Early Childhood Care and Education. It also covers the two major philosophies of pre-school education which are the Montessori philosophy and the kindergarten method of education. The teacher trainees are also introduced to the various methods and materials of the preschool education (to make them competent to conduct their classes independently and creatively), e.g. the outdoor and indoor games, storytelling and dramatization, art and craft activities and the nurturing creativity etc.

8. Curriculum Planning and Teaching Techniques

This module covers the two important aspects of teaching which are :

  • The planning of curriculum.
  • The techniques of teaching.
  • The module covers essential aspects of creating a learning environment and teaching various modules like language, mathematics, environmental studies and social studies to the preschoolers in an interesting manner.

9. Child Health and Nutrition

This is an important module for the teacher trainee as it deals with the physical well being of the students whom she is going to deal with. It covers the important issues related to the well being of children like food and nutrition, health care of children, common childhood illness, their prevention and management. It gives the pre-school teachers an insight into the health and nutritional issues of students and equip her to understand them better.

10. Organization Management System

It covers the general principles pertaining to the aims and objectives of a school, the role of a teacher, principal and the school discipline. Student teachers are introduced to the management of school records and registers and also the budget and financial aspects of school. The trainees are also trained to deal with parents and community effectively through this module.

11. Child Psychology and Development

The topics which this module covers mainly deals with the social, emotional and cognitive development that occurs in a pre-school child. This module guides a teacher trainee to understand the various stages of child development and how she can be an effective help in bringing out the best in children. It also covers the important topics of children with special needs and managing children with difficult behavior which helps a teacher to accept and understand diversity in her students and in turn become a successful teacher.

12. Art and Craft Activities

In order to encourage creativity in children, a teacher needs to be creative herself to inspire her students. To develop the creative learning’s of trainee teachers, various projects involving art and craft activities are done with the trainees. The art and craft activities like origami, spray painting, leaf printing, thumb and finger printing, paper & cloth collage, sequin and glass work etc. foster the creativity of the teachers making their teaching more rewarding and fun.